July 21, 2024

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Comic Review: Journey Into Mystery Volume 1

Kid Loki makes his first appearances and causes trouble, though this time for the good guys.

So, I had heard a bit about how good the Kid Loki stories by Kieron Gillen were.  I did find a rather thick trade in a local comic shop and opted to get it.  But because it was thick, I let it sit for a while.  Anyway, I finally got to it.  Was it as good as I had heard?

Well, it’s not quite as good as I had heard.  There are basically two stories in this thick volume, and while Gillen, who has shown an affinity to mythical figures in works like The Wicked and the Divine and Once & Future, does show a bit of that knack here, but the trade as a whole has some problems.  The opening pages show something of a Kid Loki origin story as a group of ravens fly off to mourn the dead adult Loki but only one makes it to Kid Loki.  There are nice side stories, like how Loki adopted a rather vicious hellhound puppy that keeps threatening him even as it was the last one in the litter, and the way the adventures play out, there is a very Loki-ish feel to them.

The problem is the first of the two stories is the Loki stories from the Fear Itself crossover, and while they are fun stories, they also are clearly incomplete without the main story that shows what Thor and the Avengers were up to when Odin’s brother returned looking for revenge.  Loki’s part is relatively minor in the grand scheme of things.  It’s not unimportant, but he’s not going to confront the Serpent, even with the Destroyer armor on his side at one point.

So, that’s a bit of a problem.  There is a lot of good to see here, like how initially Thor was the only one who seemed inclined to not hate a kid for crimes his adult self performed.  Loki builds a small team of associates to help him, most notably Leah, a girl about his age who is an agent of Hela; Thori, a very bad-tempered and aforementioned hellhound puppy; Ikol, a raven that is something of the spirit of the dead Adult Loki who can sometimes offer advise but mostly stays silent and may have his own agenda; and sometimes a reluctant Asgardian like Volstagg or the dead war god Tyr.

That said, the second story, showing Kid Loki matching wits with the Fear Lords, was much better and was a complete tale.  I don’t know if I will go any further than this, but it was a decent start.  I just wish it wasn’t mostly Fear Itself side quests.

7.5 out of 10 forced apologies.